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Reggae // Dub // Ska // live percussion // art projections

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This story begins the year 2003, in the city of Southampton, UK. After unknowingly saying "yes" to perform at an 'open record decks' event in Southampton at the age of 19, Tom 'Uplifter' Earwaker brought along some percussion, a small box of Reggae, Dub & Ska LP's and a pair of Walkman headphones. That night ignited a spark which not only led to The Uplifter subsequently later becoming a well respected part of the UK Reggae & Dub scene for over a decade - it also had a profound effect on the path in which Tom's life would take from then on... With countless live shows, vinyl releases and tours taking him around the globe from New York to Croatia to New Zealand and many a road in between...

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The Uplifter meets The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra

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The Goods Shed, Station Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire

The Uplifter meets Stroud sensations The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra hot off the heels from their amazing perfomance at WOMAD Festival!

★ Tickets £6 advance from SVA // £8 on the door ★

★ All Ages // Family Friendly // Beautiful Historic Venue Building ★

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The Uplifter Blog August 2016 - Fishing, music & Food in Ireland


Fishing, Music & Food...

For as long as I can remember August has always meant one very important thing for all of my family and I... Our annual trip to visit my grandmother in Ireland.


Ireland has always been an extremely significant place for my family and I, particularly amongst those of us who are creative - which is pretty much everyone on my Mother's side. Musicians, painters, photographers... Most of my family are doomed/blessed with knowing only how to make a living through the creative arts. Ireland…Read more
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The Uplifter Blog July 2016 - Cups of tea and punk rock...


As a teenager I was really into the US and UK 90's Punk Rock/Ska scene - Bands like NOFX, No Use For A Name, Rancid, Pennywise were all firm favourites but one band that for some reason shone highly above the rest were Snuff. My friends and I saw Snuff at countless shows at venues like the Garage in Islington, London Astoria (Tottenham Court Road), ULU (now University College London)... the list goes on. 

There were two things that I connected with as a teenager listening to bands like Snuff: 

1. They didn't…Read more
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The Uplifter Blog May 2016 - Cats, pasta and photo shoots...


Not too long ago, my buddy Rob Luckins came over and we spent the day running around Southampton on a photos shoot... No plan, just see what happens. We got some really cool shots which I'll slowly release over time. You should check out Rob's excellent website and Facebook page, oh and he has a Tumblr blog page too! I can't exactly remember how I met Rob but we've known each other for a long time, and in that time he's taken some really nice photos with all sorts of cameras. He's got a brilliant set of…Read more

The Uplifter Blog April 2016 - A well needed dance and a skate...



It's been perhaps 10 months or so since I've attended a proper sound system session. Friday's and Saturday's are normally booked for shows but last weekend we had a gig booking only on the Friday for a change, which can only mean one thing - Time to track down a sound system to attend as a punter rather than performer!

Who should be running a session that night... None other than a firm favourite of mine, Jah Shaka! This was a no-brainer, so off I set from Southampton to Tottenham, London to find the…Read more
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The Uplifter Blog March 2016 - New album in the making... Podcast



The Uplifter forthcoming album is shaping up nicely... My cousin Steve Wright (from Feelgood Culture) and I have been laying down track ideas, and for the first time in a while I have picked up a pen and notepad and started writing. This album feels quite different from the previous Uplifter 12" vinyl release. It feels more of a 'back to the roots' of where The Uplifter came from... and I'm excited about it. 

The previous (vinyl) release was created specifically with sound system culture in mind whereas the…Read more